Genetically Modified Apples Deregulated By The USDA
The first ever Genetically Modified Apples were deregulated by USDA on February 13, 2015. They’re called Arctic Apples and they were Developed by a Canadian based biotech company called Simply Fruits.
What this means, is that Arctic brand apples can be grown, harvested and sold in the USA just like any of the non-GMO varieties already available for purchase from supermarkets or small family orchards today.
The two varieties approved for production in the US are called Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, and the company has plans for a few other varieties soon.
Supposedly you can bite them, cut them or bruise them and they will show no visible signs of browning for days. Which will likely be attractive to Apple growers across the country, as it will reduce culls due to bruising or bin damage. It will also reduce losses during shipping.
Companies that manufacture processed foods would no longer need to treat apples with a browning preventative before they dehydrated them. Skipping that step might end up save them a lot of money on the dried apples they process into chips or chop up and add into flavored instant oatmeal.
The food service industry might find these non-browning, Arctic brand apples attractive as well. Apples prepped hours or days ahead of time would look just like one cut up minutes before it was served.
Since apple trees take a few years to grow large enough to produce fruit, it will likely be several years before Arctic apples will make it to a supermarket near you. When they do will you try them?
The bigger question might be, will you even know that you are eating a Genetically Modified apple, since there is no mandatory labeling of GMO foods currently in the USA.
The Arctic apples website states: “The supply-chain can feel confident knowing that Arctic apples are likely the most tested apples in existence. Rigorously reviewed by multiple regulatory bodies, all evaluations reach the same conclusion – Arctic apples present no unique risks and are just as safe and healthful as any other apple.”
However I disagree with that statement. Arctic brand apples were invented around the year 1996. But God created non-GMO apples about 2,000 years ago and people have been eating them for almost that many years since.
If you’d prefer to avoid eating GMO apples, your best bet is to get to know a farmer and purchase your apples from a local source. Luckily, there are lots of fantastic orchards right here in Southeastern Indiana. To find one near you check out this page.
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